Galaxy of Heroes and MMO Game Design

This week’s morning maintenance gave me time to investigate Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, a mobile game that lets you assemble squads of your favorite Star Wars characters for turn-based combat.

Well, maybe not your favorite characters, unless you spend a lot of time and money. But characters! That have appeared in at least one star war!


It’s also an Electronic Arts property, so those characters include an HK droid, a Jedi Consular, and a Jedi Guardian (the latter terms have of course been used in other Star Wars properties, but largely defined by The Old Republic).

This is not a full review, but more thoughts on the direction of massively multiplayer gaming sparked by the game…

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Cartel Market Certificates

Cartel Market Certificates are a special currency that dropped from cartel packs released between 2013 and 2015. Like jawa junk, it was meant to remove some of the random element from cartel pack drops and to give players their choice of rewards. Certificates could be redeemed for stronghold decorations at the vendor in the stronghold area of the fleet, or redeemed for even more exclusive rewards at the reputation vendors in the cartel area of the fleet. (These reputations were raised with items that also dropped in cartel packs.)

When cartel packs were revised in Game Update 4.0, the certificates were removed. The vendors are still there, but acquiring the currency has gotten a lot harder.

How can new players get cartel market certificates?

Try your luck on a slot machine. The slot machine stronghold decorations still drop cartel market certificates, but the rate is incredibly low following a nerf to the drop rate.

Your other option is to buy and open old packs. Packs can be listed on the GTN unopened, although retired packs are usually expensive. The following groups of packs have a rare chance to contain cartel market certificates:

  • Stronghold
  • Starfighter
  • Bounty
  • Contraband

If you are looking for certificates because you want to buy decorations or personnel for your stronghold, look for these items on the GTN. They are not bound and can be sold after they are bought. If none are listed, ask in trade chat and on your server’s community forums for players who have unused certificates banked somewhere who would buy the decoration you want and sell it to you.

Hopefully there will be an alternate way to get either the certificates or the decorations in the future!

Squid Head and Squidface

This week, Star Wars Card Trader released a card featuring “Squidface.” It was corrected later that night to “Squid Head,” the name they’ve used previously for this character.


(Error image originally tweeted by SWCT_Info.)

All of the cards in trader’s inventories updated when the image was changed on the servers, and this proves  an important point about digital trading cards: there are no “error cards.” In real card collecting, misprints and mistakes create rare collectibles. Here, cards in “your” collection can be corrected or changed at any time. Food for thought! Digital “property” has its downsides…

Star Wars Card Trader: The Legends Set

The Legends set is given away during the tutorial of Star Wars Card Trader, starting with Yoda. You’ll get additional cards each day as inserts in your free starter packs. However, when the free packs end, you may find yourself asking…

How do I get Legends Han, R2-D2, and Darth Maul?

Unfortunately, these cards have been bugged since the end of 2015, and are not being given to new players. You’ll have to trade for them if you want to complete the set, and it will be difficult, because most existing copies are in the hands of people who only have one copy themselves and have a complete set that they don’t want to split apart.

Although it was meant to be a part of tutorial, this is now a goal that will take more time. We can only hope that Topps resolves it soon.

When the GTN forgets…

Sometimes, instead of a more descriptive message when your listing ends, you’ll receive the following mail:

Someone has purchased the item you put up for sale on the Galactic Trade Network. You will receive your asking price and deposit, less the Galactic Trade Network’s Commission, in one hour. (Or, after an hour, your credits are attached.)

This happens after server maintenance, when the listing details necessary to generate the mail are lost (luckily, the credits will still make their way to you). If you are crafting and listing many items at a time and need to know what sold, avoid having auctions expire during maintenance periods, which are usually on Tuesday mornings and are announced in advance on the official forums.

SWCT: Why do people want 100 white cards?

Many traders in Star Wars Card Trader are trying to acquire 100 (or 101) of Season 3 white base cards since Topps introduced the gold meld/shred in February 2016.

Edit: Topps changed the requirements for the gold meld as Season 3 concluded, and the base cards are now in Season 4. Months later, this post is just a historical slice of life in the app. :)

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